But the players wanted it against the ITF's suggestion. They had a choice to have it a week later, but the players were the ones who argued for it to come after slams.
so, the suggestion would have meant for Federer:
coming from the USA, going to Australia right away or fly home for a few days and play the week after that so that he's even longer away than now. The week after the slam would be spent recuperating and preparing, the second week would be fully preparing. Making the schedule even more demanding. Perfect.
Federer has also suggested that he's exhausted and playing DC so soon after the slam is not a good idea and he was one of the players on board.
This circus between the slams and DC would happen several times a year, thereby cutting even more into their off time?
I don't know which player suggested what, by the way and how much power they really did have. From the discussions back then, I do remember that they were between a rock and hard place.